How’s the decorating going where you are?

Just between us?

I wasn’t sure I was going to make the nine-tree deadline I gave myself before Thanksgiving.

And then? The heavens opened up and the birds chirped and the stars twinkled and the angels sang the hallelujah chorus in four-part harmony.

BECAUSE THE TWINS ARE COMING HOME.

They’ve been decorating trees since they lost their first tooth.

So now that my decorating crew is in transit I have a little extra time for the Thanksgiving table.

Look at these napkin rings. Aren’t they the cutest? You can make a set of your own with spoons and a little stamping know-how.

I’m so excited to be kicking off the Deck The Halls blog hop with some of my favorite people. There are tons of decorating ideas for the upcoming season.

And let’s start with this one.

Here’s how to make stamped spoon napkin rings.

How To Make Stamped Spoon Napkin Rings

Supplies:

Everything is linked below

vintage silverplate spoons (at the risk of stating the obvious)

steel stamping block

rubber mallet

hammer

silver stamps

ultrafine sharpie marker

Step 1: Flatten the spoon with a rubber mallet

Hammer the vintage silverplate spoon until it’s flat with a rubber mallet.

It’s easiest if you attach the spoon with a vice grip to hold it in place. A few taps of the mallet are all you need. The silverplate is super pliable and flattens easily.

Just know that after you flatten it, you will still have some bumps when you finish.

It’s okay.

They’re called character. 🙂

Step 2:  Choose the size of stamps you want to use

Here are the three sizes of stamps I have.

I used the 1/4 for stamped spoon napkin ring.

Step 3:  Stamp the spoon

Place spoon on the steel stamping block. The stamping block is super important. I’ve tried to stamp it without the steel block and it just doesn’t imprint the letters as well.

Hold the silver stamp where you want the letter to go and hit hard with a hammer several times. You may want to practice on a spoon several times so you can get the idea of placement, etc. It’s also VERY IMPORTANT (says the person who learned the hard way) to make sure that your letter is not upside down. Look at the letter on the stamp to check before each time you stamp just to be sure.

In addition, sometimes after you’ve stamped your entire saying or name, you have to flip the spoon over and flatten it again when the edges curl up slightly.

Step 4:  Trace the letters

After you’ve finished stamping the spoon, you can trace the letters with an ultrafine sharpie marker to make the letters dark. Over trace so the sharpie lines spill over the edges and then wipe away the excess with a soft cloth.

You may have to trace several times to darken.

Step 5:  Bend the spoon into a napkin ring

Bend the spoon with your hands until the spoon forms a narrow “u”.

The silverplate is so pliable that it’s easy to bend without pushing that hard.

You can also bend the tip to make it form a circle, but I really like it straight on the bottom because then the napkin ring lays perfectly flat on the plate.

These would make the cutest handmade gift, too.

Here are just a few ideas to stamp on your spoons:

  • Stamp names (and give it as a party gift)
  • Dates ( 12/25)
  • Funny quotes for each person
  • The twelve days of Christmas
  • A monogram
  • Joy
  • Peace
  • Joyeux Noel

Or you could stamp Mele Kalikimaka.

And when you set the table and your guests are so all about you and your decorating and your spoon napkin ring and they tell you how amazing you are and wonder how you do it all and ask what you could possibly think up next tell them Mele Kalikimaka is Hawaii’s way….

….to say Merry Christmas to you. 🙂

And now be sure and stop by my friend Renae’s home here for the next idea on the tour.

Here’s a hint: it’s blue and white. 🙂

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Comments

  1. Image for Leslie Leslie

    Darling idea. I'm going to take it a step further...How about wall hooks? Like for your bathrobe, dog leash, etc. Two holes on the handle (one on top of the other) stamp the flattened bowl, bend around to form a U and voila!

  2. Image for Hannah Hannah

    Why don’t we ever hear about your boys? You mention the twins all the time but never say what the boys are up to.

      1. Image for KariAnne Wood KariAnne Wood

        No worries! They just don't really like to be on the blog, so I try to be respectful of that! They are doing amazing and are awesome kids!!!!!

  3. Image for katherines Corner katherines Corner

    I love this! When I was a teenager spoon rings were all the rage. I've seen spoons stamped with the veggie name and placed in the garden. But this is so darn clever! Thank you for sharing. Hugs!

  4. Image for Kris Kris

    My college roommate and I used to listen to Bing croon his Christmas carols back in the day. Mele Kalikimaka was our favorite. Good times 😃. Thanks for the great ideas and your fun commentary. My son comes home next week and I will be sharing your joy.

  5. Image for Gretchen Z Gretchen Z

    Oh my gosh KariAnne- this is the best! Going to use the spoon napkin rings as name tags for "the kids" to enjoy in their new homes (they love using cloth napkins) and it's also the perfect Hostess Gift. You are A-M-A-Z-I-N-G ! Thank you for keeping me happily busy. xx

  6. Image for JC JC

    These are so cute and I have a stamp kit. The possibilities are endless!! Wooooohooooo, your girls are comin' home! So excited for you all!! I'll get to see my daughter and son in-love in just 40 days!! Lots to do before then!! Have a beautiful, heartfilled, joyous, full of laughter and thankfulness kind of Thanksgiving, friend!

  7. Image for Cindy Cindy

    These are amazing! I love them so much! I have sppon napkin rings I made and now it's time to step it up a knotch, Thanks for the inspiration as always

  8. Image for Claire Gentzel Claire Gentzel

    This is the most creative, sweetest craft I’ve seen! Thank you bunches for sharing it with us! I absolutely adore following your blog and am just amazed at the beautiful ideas you post. Happy Thanksgiving from one BearMama to another, Claire

  9. Image for Marie Marie

    How charming are these?! Always a fan of adding vintage vibes. Looking forward to seeing the 9 trees all decorated! Thanks for hosting the hop :)

  10. Image for Va in NC Va in NC

    Just love this idea...may have to buy the stamp kit...share source please...Big thank you for all your creative projects you share; as well as the details on how to do them. Blessings,

  11. Image for Juliet Juliet

    Mele Kalikimaka - I did NOT see that one coming! Now the song is in my, very merry Christmas TO YOU. I love the spoon napkin rings they turned out so gorgeous. Ordering my stamp kit RIGHT NOW!

  12. Image for Michele M. Michele M.

    AWESOME post and brilliantly gorgeous pics. Enjoy your Thanksgiving and holiday decorating. Spent 16 glorious days on the beach in Florida and kinda didn't want to come back. And then it snowed a few days later - ALL DAY! Ugh. Guess I'd better work on my Scrooge-y attitude!!!

  13. Image for Kathy Kathy

    I have wanted to stamp on spoons for a few years but didn’t have the nerve. I actually have the stamps but not the mallet or block. I will order those because you have given me the confidence to give it a try. Yours look amazing! Thank you!!!

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